Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 51% (Critics) / 43% (Audience)
Directed By: Henry Hobson
Written By: John Scott 3
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson
Studio: Lionsgate Films
Synopsis: A teenage girl in the Midwest becomes infected by an outbreak of a disease that slowly turns the infected into cannibalistic zombies. During her transformation, her loving father stays by her side. – (Source)
Arnold Schwarzenegger is surprisingly good in a very understated and un-Arnold performance as a father trying to come to grips with the fatal changes his daughter is going through. He also has a very sweet chemistry with Abigail Breslin as his daughter Maggie.
The film also builds some nice tension around the countdown to Maggie’s full transformation to a zombie.
The film is shot in such a dreary dark shade of gray that only contributed to making the movie a bit of a chore to get through at times.
MAGGIE also tends to stray too far from zombie horror into indie film introspection a bit too much for my tastes.
This movie is so slow. Sometimes agonizingly so. A little bit more action would have gone a long way towards making this movie more enjoyable.
Final Verdict: A very different take on the zombie genre featuring a very different performance from action movie legend Arnold Schwarzenegger. MAGGIE has some good things going for it but tends to fall a bit too deep into the “indie film” well to the point that the film seems to lose all inertia for way too many long stretches of time.